Education activists push for Teachers Union of Malawi, govt talks

Education activists are pushing for talks between Teachers Union of Malawi (TUM) and government to avert another devastating strike by teachers.

Kondowe: It will be an infringement on the right to education for children if teachers resume their strike-Photos by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times.

The activists have advised government and TUM to discuss and resolve  misunderstandings on risk allowances a move that will curtail the impending stay away  by teachers.

Benedicto Kondowe, Executive Director for Civil Society Education Coalition, said it will be an infringement on the right to education for children if teachers resume their strike.

He said the two sides can involve third parties if they are failing to come to terms.

“I believe the intervention of other parties like NGOs can help to end the misunderstanding rather than disturbing learners’ education,” said Kondowe.

This follows a statement issued by TUM stating that teachers will resume their stay away after their demands on COVID-19 risk  allowances

In the statement, TUM President Willy Malimba says teachers may resume their stay away after expiry of seven days notice which will end on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

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Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
20 days ago

Can I ask, have all teachers now received their covid vaccine? If they have, what risk are they claiming allowances for? My second question is on the purpose of the allowances being claimed……apparently it is for buying PPE so the question is, if the government provide the required PPE to all teachers instead of giving them hard cash would teachers be happy to continue teaching? I think I know the answer to this question….the answer is NO because It’s all about money right? Those teachers who have not yet received the vaccine can stay at home until they are vaccinated.… Read more »

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